NZ gives additional $14m to Fiji rehabilitation

PEOPLE on Vanuabalavu in Lau whose homes were destroyed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston will have their individual homes replaced and constructed by the New Zealand Government with proper water and electricity facilities implemented.

Responding to queries from this newspaper, NZ’s First Secretary Development in Fiji Brendan Sherry said NZ’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) was developing a tender for the reconstruction of public infrastructure for Vanuabalavu, including Cikobia on Vanua Levu.

Recovery work will be focused on schools, government, and community buildings.

She said MFAT and the High Commission in Suva were working with the Fiji government partners to plan the recovery work, and to ensure that NZ’s contribution was aligned to the Fiji Government’s Severe TC Winston recovery strategy.

NZ will provide $NZ10 million ($F14.3m) to support Fiji’s repairs to public infrastructure damaged during the cyclone and the support for the recovery phase is in addition to the $NZ5.4m ($F7.7m) provided to support the immediate response phase.

Ms Sherry said advance notice of the tender provided interested private sector companies with an indication of the package, and notice that the tender process would shortly be in progress.

“This allows potential tenderers time to consider their interest in responding, as well as to seek clarification on the reconstruction program by submitting questions to MFAT.

“The full tender is being developed and will be advertised in the coming weeks.”

In other parts of Fiji, affected people are given $7000 to rebuild their homes if they were completely destroyed.

Those whose homes were partially destroyed were assisted with $3000 or $1500 depending on the severity of the damage.

People are to construct their own homes.

The advance notice was publicly advertised on the public NZ Government Electronic Tender Service from May 16 regarding an upcoming design and construction request for tender.

The notice has also been shared with local partners for advertising in Fiji.

The notice indicated New Zealand was looking for a sole agency to be responsible for the single family dwelling construction services, heavy construction services, plumbing construction services, electrical system services and specialty building and trades services.

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